This past Monday, two teachers from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) provided an exceptional learning session on fostering wonder in young children.  SEEC is an amazing center that is actually housed within the Smithsonian Institute.  Because of their unique location, they are able to provide their students with museum based learning through frequent visits to the exhibits.  The philosop...

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite memory or experience about science? What sparked your interest? How were these experiences created?

One of my favorite childhood memories about science was watching The Magic School Bus. I wish I had a  teacher as cool as Ms. Frizzle to make science fun.  Although Ms. Frizzle is a character from the cartoon The Magic School Bus, there are...

Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keefe are a few well established artists of their era. Though they are gone, they have each impacted artistic expression in their own right with precision.  How does one begin the pathway of artistic expression? More importantly, how can we inspire creativity in children?

It has been suggested that early exposure to art is critically important and if left...

I was that student who sat on pins and needles each six weeks on report card day waiting to see if I got the dreaded “N” – “Needs Improvement” in controlling talking. Back then, not only would that get me in trouble at home for being in trouble at school, but the implication was that I was not listening and learning as I should have.  Maya Angelou has a popular quote, “If you know better, you do bette...

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein

Teachers are master connectors.  We connect ideas, concepts, assessments, experiences, books, materials, to name a few.  Most important of all, teachers connect with people.   Curiosity is one of the great, instant connectors that often comes disguised as an inconvenience.  Case in point, this photo shows Einstein's office o...

What we see isn’t always what we get.  To reach our ultimate goals for our students, we may need to be looking at something else. 

If you talk to an airplane pilot, they will tell you that when you fly at night you don’t want to stare directly at the instruments in the cockpit.  You need to look at them off to the side to see them more clearly.  I really have no idea how our eyes and brain work th...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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